by Andrew Crisp
After Maggie Koerth-Baker from the blog Boing Boing picked up a story on a mummified Ice-Age bison preserved and quietly displayed in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, she posited that the country was full of unique finds like this. She writes:
This is really cool, and it gives me an idea: There are lots of relatively small, locally oriented museums all over the country, harboring neat finds like this. Unlike places like the Smithsonian or New York's American Museum of Natural History, these museums don't draw in huge crowds of tourists from faraway cities, so most of us don't even know about the treasures stored there—let alone ever get to see them.
Boing Boing has already received pictures and information on a diorama called Arab Courier Attacked by Lions, dropped by the American Museum of Natural History for its lack of educational value; an Albuquerque, N.M., museum exhibiting two (de-weaponized) nuclear bombs; and for the WTF of the group, the Bishop's Rectum from London's Hunterian Museum.
If you've seen a historical oddity at one of Idaho's museums, hit up Boing Boing with the deets. We can't believe nobody has submitted Deja Moo, the two-headed calf at the Idaho State Historical Museum yet.